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Israel: Expect fewer assassinations and less noise from Mossad's new leader

With the naming of David (Dedi) Barnea as the new chief of Mossad, Israel’s foreign espionage agency is expected to undergo some changes - though notably not in the nature of its missions, operations, and priorities.

The main changes will reflect the different styles, traits, and characters of the outgoing Yossi Cohen, who will retire next week, and his successor.

Barnea intends to position Mossad again as a clandestine, under-the-radar organisation, with much less of the fanfare and PR that has characterised the five and a half years of Cohen’s term. It is also clear that the agency under Barnea will be less politicised, and its new boss is certainly set to be less close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Born in 1965, Barnea lives north of Tel Aviv in the Sharon region. Like Netanyahu, he did his military service in the elite Sayeret Matkal special operations force.

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